WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton late Tuesday condemned the killing of a U.S. State Department officer in a mob attack on the U.S. consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi.
Clinton said the U.S. condemned the attack "in the strongest terms," adding that she was "heartbroken by the terrible loss" of the U.S. officer, who was shot dead in Benghazi as angry Muslim protesters burned the U.S. consulate.
The top U.S. diplomat said that there is never any justification of "this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet," stressing that the U.S. "commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation."
Clinton, who spoke on phone with Libyan National Congress President Mohammed al-Magariaf to coordinate efforts on protecting Americans in Libya, said the U.S. government is working with partner countries to protect American personnel, missions and citizens worldwide.
In Cairo, Egypt, some Muslim protesters on Tuesday scaled the walls of the U.S. Embassy and replaced the American flag with an Islamic banner.
The anti-American protests in Egypt and Libya, which occurred on the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, were both sparked by the posting of video clips on the Internet of an anti-Muslim U.S. movie that insults the Prophet Mohammed.